Sudan Organisation Against Torture
Human Rights Alert: 18 April 2005
Darfur: Arrest; Torture and Extrajudicial Killing
On 22 March 2005, the armed forces and the Janjaweed militias arrested Jamal Ismeal Ahmed, (25 yrs) and Hussain Ahmed Haroun (Omda - Mayor), (23 yrs) belonging to the Zaghawa tribe, from Bajo village near Marla, Nyala Province. The men were taken to a military camp in Marla.
At the Military camp, the Janjaweed militias allegedly shot and killed Mr. Jamal. Mr. Hussain was reportedly taken to a hole in the ground by the militias and subjected to torture. Mr. Hussain was beaten with sticks on his head and ears, and flogged on his back. Mr. Hussain sustain serious injuries to his left ear as a result of the torture.
On 31 March 2005, Mr. Hussain was transferred to military intelligence detention centre in Nyala where he was subjected to further torture.
On 07 April 2005, Mr. Hussein was moved to transferred to Nyala Wasat (central) police station where he was officially charged under articles 51 (Waging War against the State) and article 58 (Abetment of Mutiny) of the 1991 Penal Code, offences which carry the death penalty if convicted. On 14 April 2005, Mr. Hussein was moved to Nyala Prison where he is awaiting trial.
SOAT condemns the unlawful killing of Jamal Ismeal Ahmed and calls on the GoS to immediately undertake an investigation into the death of Jamal Ismeal Ahmed and to bring the perpetrators before a partial court.
SOAT expresses serious concern for the health and well-being of Hussain Ahmed Haroun who has sustained severe injuries through torture and calls on the GoS to undertake an investigation into the torture and to ensure that the perpetrators are brought to justice.
SOAT urges the Government of Sudan to:
Immediately investigate the death of Jamal Ismeal Ahmed and the allegations of torture and bring the perpetrators to justice;
Take all necessary measures to ensure the physical and psychological integrity of Hussain Ahmed Haroun detainees;
Allow Hussain Ahmed Haroun an immediate and unrestricted access to his family and any medical treatment that he may require;
Ensure that Hussain Ahmed Haroun has access to legal advice;
Guarantee the respect of human rights and fundamental freedoms, including freedom of association throughout Sudan in accordance with national laws and international human rights standards.
The above recommendations should be sent in appeals to the following
His Excellency Field Marshal Omar Hassan al-Bashir
President of the Republic of Sudan
President' s Palace
PO Box 281, Khartoum, Sudan
Fax: + 249 183 783223
His Excellency Ali Osman Mohamed Taha
PO Box 281, Khartoum, Sudan
Fax: + 249 183 771025
Mr. Ali Mohamed Osman Yassin
Minister of Justice and Attorney General
Ministry of Justice
Fax: + 249 183 788941
Mr. Mustafa Osman Ismail
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
PO Box 873, Khartoum, Sudan
Fax: + 249 183 779383
Dr. Abdelmuneim Osman Mohamed Taha
Advisory Council for Human Rights
PO Box 302
Fax: + 249 183 770883
His Excellency Mr. Mohamed Elhassan Ahmed Elhaj
Avenue Blanc 47
Tel: 022 731 26 63
Fax: 022 731 26 56
Email: [email protected]
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